What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a common foot problem seen at Coastal Foot & Leg Clinic. Typically the pain is felt either under the heel (planter fasciitis) or just behind it (Achilles tendinitis), where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. There are 26 bones in the human foot, of which the heel (calcaneus) is the largest. The human heel is designed to provide a rigid support for the weight of the body. When we are walking or running it absorbs the impact of the foot when it hits the ground, and springs us forward into our next stride. The stress placed on a foot when walking may be 1.25 times our body weight, and increases to up to 2.5 times when running. Consequently, the heel is vulnerable to damage, and ultimately pain.
What Causes Heel Pain?
The most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, (inflammation of the plantar fascia). The plantar fascia is a strong bowstring-like ligament that runs from the heel bone to the tip of the foot. When the plantar fasciitis is stretched too far its soft tissue fibers become inflamed, usually where it attaches to the heel bone. Sometimes the problem may occur in the middle of the foot. Pain under the foot can occur, especially after long periods of rest.
The reason that you may be experiencing heel pain from plantar fasciitis is due to misaligned feet. When misaligned feet become strained from activity, over time they weaken due to the arch in your foot collapsing. Not getting help for this problem and continuing to suffer through the pain will only make it worse. This is a problem that will not go away unless the true cause of the problem is addressed.
Symptoms of heel pain.
– Pain on the bottom of the heel
– Pain in the arch of the foot
– Pain that is usually worse in the morning
– Pain that increases over a period of months
Treatment of Heel Pain.
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Stretching and exercises
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.